Rabies – What You Need to Know

Rabies – What you need to know!

What is rabies?animalsgroup

Rabies is a sudden onset, progressive disease caused by a virus that affects the brains of mammals. Bats, skunks, raccoons, and other wild animals are most commonly affected. This disease is FATAL once clinical signs appear. Thus prevention is VERY important because there is NO treatment.

Rabies is transmitted by bites or saliva from an infected animal contacting broken skin of a healthy person or animal.

How to recognize an animal with signs of rabies:

Animals with rabies may show a lot of symptoms or very few. Rabies can cause animals to exhibit sudden and strange behaviors such as sudden loss of appetite, anxious behaviors, irritability, hyper-excitability, or uncharacteristic aggression. Wild animals may act tame, normally tame animals may suddenly act aggressively, or nocturnal animals may be seen out and about during the daytime. Some animals will have paralysis or “dumb rabies” where the changes in the animal’s personality are more subtle and the primary sign is being quiet or depressed, paralysis, or ataxia (wobbly or uncoordinated movement). Not every infected animal will act like rabid animals on TV or in movies!

It is not possible to test a live animal for rabies. Only a sample of tissue from a deceased animal’s brain can be tested to know if that animal had rabies.

Do I need to vaccinate my animal?

RabiesTagIn short, YES. Vaccination is the only known prevention. All cats and dogs are required by law to be vaccinated for rabies. Ferrets may also be vaccinated. Horses, cattle, pigs, and small ruminants can all get rabies but are not commonly vaccinated. We highly recommend vaccinating your horses and any other farm animal that has lots of contact with you or your family.

Indoor animals are at risk, too, as rabid animals behave erratically and are more likely to come inside a home. When the rabid, disoriented bat flies down the chimney or in through an air vent, your cat or small dog may be the first family member to find it!

What to remember:

Please remember that there is NO TREATMENT OR CURE for this fatal disease.

Note: Traditional remedies such as chili powder or jackfruit gum do not prevent rabies. Do not substitute these practices for medical treatment. Always seek advice from a medical professional.

Have a licensed veterinarian vaccinate your pets against rabies regularly. If you get bitten by any animal, but especially by a wild animal, cleanse the wound and contact a medical professional immediately. If you notice unusual behaviors or suspect rabies in either a pet or a wild animal, contact a veterinarian or animal control professional immediately.

Use the following list of resources to learn more about rabies and rabies prevention!

Rabies Resources:

worldrabiesday

World Rabies Day is September 28!

Global Alliance for Rabies Control 

Merck Veterinary Manual – In Depth on Rabies

Health Focus Months at Compassion!

Health Focus Months at Compassion Animal Hospital

Compassion Animal Hospital works hard to highlight important pet health concerns year round. Join us in these special focus months to learn more and receive special promotions and discounts in these important areas of pet wellness!

A list of our planned Health Focus Months for 2021 may be found below. Please realize this is a tentative list, and may be updated or changed throughout the year. Feel free to call us if you would like more information or further details throughout the year!

January
Joint Wellness Month
The holiday weight gain affects everyone including our furry friends. To help with this, this month’s discounts offered are 10% off Dasuquin Advanced, Adequan injections, and anti-inflammatory medications.

February
Dental Health Month
10% discounts on all dental procedures including complete oral health and cancer screening exams, ultrasonic tartar removal, and tooth extractions. Free pre-dental mouth assessments are available to determine if your pet would benefit from a dental procedure.

March
Lyme Awareness Month
Our region of the country is a high-risk area for Lyme disease! Get your dog better protected against Lyme disease and receive 10% off Lyme vaccines and Lyme testing.

April
Parasite Testing and Prevention Month
Parasites want to feed on your pets from the inside (worms) out (fleas and ticks). Contact our office to hear the many discounts and rebates on our parasite prevention products.

May
Alleviating Allergies Month
Discounts on treatments for allergies. Schedule your pet’s appointment today to hear what options fit your pet’s needs.

June
Addressing Anxiety Month
Fireworks and thunderstorms can make our pets especially anxious in the summer which is why we are featuring anxiety management discounts this month. We are offering 10% off anxiety supplements and 10% off Sileo (https://www.zoetisus.com/products/dogs/sileo/ ).

July
Summer Break!

August
Summer Break!

September
Feline Health Month
Cats need regular care and vaccinations just as much as dogs do, but many don’t visit the vet as often as they should. In September, we are offering 10% discounts on all feline wellness bloodwork packages, vaccines, and FeLV/FIV.

October
Dental Health Month
10% discounts on all dental procedures including complete oral health and cancer screening exams, ultrasonic tartar removal, and tooth extractions. Free pre-dental mouth assessments are available to determine if your pet would benefit from a dental procedure.

November
Microchip Identification Month
Collars get lost or stolen, but a microchip will always be there to help reunite you and your pet. Discount on microchip implantation.

December
Discount Healthy Treats Month
Let us help you and Santa out for holiday gift giving with awesome specials on pet treats!

Holiday & Winter Safety Links

Holiday & Winter Safety

The holiday season can be a fun and exciting time for all members of the family, including our family pets.

However, there are some hidden holiday-time dangers to look out for, and some simple precautions you can take this year to make sure your pets stay safe.

Common household items like liquid potpourri, snowglobes, and sugar-free gum/candies (& now peanut butter!) containing xylitol are lesser known but still deadly hazards to our pets, along with the more commonly recognized concerns like chocolate, electrical cords, tinsel, and frostbite. While that Thanksgiving turkey or Christmas goose are tasty treats for us, they can lead to stomach upset and serious pancreatitis requiring hospitalization in some pets.

The following links offer some great tips to keep ALL of your loved ones safe during this festive time.

Happy Holidays From Compassion Animal Hospital!

 

    Updated link, 2015! Holiday Safety Tips

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